Rogue Gateway Rotarians are always busy. Take a look at the events and activities we have sponsored or contributed to over the years.
- Duck Derby
Every year, Rogue Gateway joins Josephine County’s three other Rotary clubs in sponsoring the annual Rotary Duck Derby, one of Josephine County’s most important fund-raising efforts. For just $10 a duck, members of the public can “adopt” ducks that are entered into a race down the Rogue River from Baker Park to Riverside Park. The grand prize is $15,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle at one of four Grants Pass dealerships, while at least a dozen additional winners receive valuable prizes. Proceeds go to various projects that benefit children including the development of Morrison Park in Grants Pass, all-weather tracks at the high schools, a new Josephine County Food Bank storehouse, livestock pens for 4-H at the Josephine County Fairgrounds and to help build a splash feature in Riverside Park.
- Backpack Project
During the winter holiday school break, Rogue Gateway Rotary distributes backpacks to kindergarten through fifth graders who are identified as “food insecure” by their local school staff. The backpacks are filled with food, school supplies and small gift items. Rogue Gateway also has collected socks, mittens, gloves, mufflers and hats for distribution to the homeless.
- Four Way Speech Contest
The Four-Way Speech Contest involves the participation of youth and Rotary clubs in promoting a public speaking contest between young people. The contest is run through a number of heats, commencing at club level, moving to the district level and culminating in a contest at the national level. Rogue Gateway invites North Valley High School students to give an original speech applying the Rotary Four Way Test to their own lives. The winner of the local contest receives a $200 scholarship and goes on to compete at the district level, where they have an opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.
- Highway Clean Up
Four times a year, Rogue Gateway Rotarians spend a day picking up litter on a section of the Grants Pass Parkway.
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps the school or community and one that promotes international understanding. The North Valley High School Interact Club is sponsored by Rogue Gateway Rotary. Members do a minimum of one local and one international service project annually
- Kid’s Dash
Rogue Gateway Rotarians help out with the KidZone Kid’s Dash, which provides physical activity and fun for local children and raises funds for the KidZone Foundation. All proceeds generated by the event are used to promote physical activity for children and teens.
- Literacy Projects
Rogue Gateway has sponsored several literacy projects. Annually, the club
participate in the District 5110 Dictionary Project, helping to distribute dictionaries to all third graders in Josephine County. The club also has read and distributed books to local kindergarteners. Currently, the club hosts a book exchange based on the Little Free Library (littlefreelibrary.org). We build little libraries that are sited throughout Grants Pass and stock them with books. The “take a book, return a book” concept is a place where anyone may pick up or bring books to share.
- Rotary International Projects
Rogue Gateway Rotary, in partnership with other area clubs and Rotary International, sponsored a science lab and provided equipment for a school serving Mayan children from villages in rural Guatemala. Rogue Gateway’s share in the $10,000 grant is $2,000. The club also contributed to the development of a new Maya Jaguar middle school and provided funding for scholarships. Other international projects include funding Swaziland school’s computer lab, art supplies for a Philippine school, stoves for a village in Armenia, and a health clinic in Nepal.
- Polio Plus Campaign
Rotary International has made a commitment to eradicate polio worldwide. Since 1985, Rotary has raised and given more than $2.3 billion toward this project. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a $35 million commitment to the project; for every $1 Rotarians donate, the Gate Foundation donates $2. In 2016, Rogue Gateway raised over $3,000 by hosting a PolioPlus dinner. For more information visit endpolio.org.
- Raptor Creek
Rogue Gateway supports Raptor Creek and the Josephine Food Pantry in a variety of way. In 2017, Rogue Gateway President Doug Walker inspired Rotarians from all four Josephine County clubs to help pull down and dismantle an old hops barn on the Raptor Creek property, making way for a new parking lot.
- Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)
This one-week camp is dedicated to leadership development for high school sophomores. The camp emphasizes team problem solving, communication and conflict management, ethical decision making, and community citizenship. The cost is $450 per student. Rogue Gateway fundraises for this event all year and often sends as many as four students.
- Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)
RYE is a Rotary International student exchange program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures in the hopes of promoting peace and understanding. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Rogue Gateway usually sponsors one inbound student from another country and one outbound student.
- Service Above Self Award
Each award is worth about $350 and is given to one high school student from each of the seven local high schools. The staff at each school chooses a student who has demonstrated exceptional service toward others at the school and in the community. Rogue Gateway Rotary and individual club members donate gift cards, cash and other prizes to the winners.
- Super Bowl and World Series Pools
Club members place their bets on the team and score of choice to raise funds for Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
- Wine Not? Raffle
This annual raffle raise funds for Rogue Gateway Rotary Club projects. Each member is asked to sell or purchase at least 10 raffle tickets ($5 each) and to donate one to two bottles of Oregon wine for the raffle. First-place prize is 24 bottles of wine; second place is 18 bottles, third place is 12 bottles and fourth place is six bottles.
- Vocational Service Award
Every year Rogue Gateway Rotary Club recognizes a non-Rotarian for his or her vocational service in the community. Nominees must have achieved distinction through exceptional leadership, creativity, and/or effort in their profession, business, and/or community service and must demonstrate high ethical standards. Nominees may not be members of Rotary International.